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- Manny Machado is set to be traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday, according to USA Today.
- The timing of the move would make for an awkward goodbye for Machado, who after seven seasons with the Baltimore Orioles is likely to suit up for the team for the last time at the All-Star Game on Tuesday.
- The trade could have been even more awkward had it gone through before the All-Star Game, as it might have left the Orioles without a single representative.
The biggest prize of the 2018 MLB trading bloc looks to have found his new home, as the Baltimore Orioles are expected to trade Manny Machado to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today.
Machado entered the season as one of the biggest names likely to be moved as the trade deadline neared. With the Orioles well out of the playoff hunt and Machado in the final year of his contract before free agency, it made sense he would be traded as Baltimore attempts to reload with some talent that can help the franchise down the line.
With Machado hitting .315 with 24 home runs and 65 RBIs so far this season, he’s being moved when his value is high and while there’s still plenty of baseball left to play.
While the trade was expected, the timing does make for a bit of an awkward goodbye for Machado, who spent seven seasons in Baltimore. If the deal goes through on Wednesday as planned, Machado’s last appearance in an Orioles uniform will be at the MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday night.
That said, things could have taken an even more awkward turn had Machado been officially moved before the game. Had that happened, Machado might have appeared as an All-Star representing another team, leaving the Orioles without a representative in the game.
The deal is not yet official, and Nightengale noted that the Orioles were still in communication with the Philadelphia Phillies and the Milwaukee Brewers, two teams understood to be in the running to land Baltimore’s star shortstop.
But even if the deal with the Dodgers were to fall through at the eleventh hour, chances are Machado would not suit up in an Orioles uniform again before being shipped to his new home.